Summary: Analysis of Tibetan Buddhism and its relationship to the environment
After several years of teaching world languages at various international schools, Layne decided to pursue her personal interest in Buddhism at an academic level. In 2009 she completed a Master's Degree at the University of Sunderland. Her dissertation focussed on the Bodhisatta Ideal in Theravada Buddhism. Her degree also placed special emphasis on Pali language.
Layne is now pursuing her doctorate research degree in the area of Tibetan Buddhism. She has been funded through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship offered by the department of Theology and Religious Studies.
Her current research focuses on the relationship of Tibetan Buddhism to the environment. Part of her studies will also examine the close relationship of Buddhist practices to the effectiveness of research on the same tradition. In addition, she studies both colloquial and classical Tibetan language. They are an indispensible part of her investigations of the oral history of the Pemakö and translation of terma texts not yet rendered into Western languages.
Areas of research interest:
Buddhisms relationship to the natural environment
Hidden lands i.e. bäyul in Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhist practices for effective research
Terma and predictions concerning the future of the natural environment
Buddhist Forest Tradition
Development of the Mahayana and the Bodhisattva Ideal
Phowa and the transference of consciousness at the time of death
Key Texts - The Dhammacakkapavattana
Religion in Modern Britain
Religion and Society
Tibetan Buddhism - Tantra and Karma
Presentations and Guest Lectures:
University of York, York, UK: International Water Disputes
All Saints Academy, Florida, USA: Buddhism and Territorial Disputes
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK: CRPL Research Seminar - Mandala as a methodological framework in Tibetan Buddhist Studies
Linguistics at Leeds, Leeds, UK: Interpreting experience - investigations of Tibetan language oral translator training
University of Kentucky, Kentucky, USA: Dimensions of Political Ecology - Hydroelectric dam construction, international border disputes and environmental transformation of the Buddhist hidden land known as the Pemako: A research synthesis and discussion
Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association, Kathmandu, Nepal: Pathways towards just peace, reinventing security, justice and democracy in Asia-Pacific - Species conservation in the Pemako
Supernatural Global Conference, Budapest, Hungary: The theory of emptiness in Tibetan Buddhism as a basis for supernatural beings
The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, Kobe Japan: The Pemako: A case study for an environmental ethic grounded in Tibetan Buddhist principles
5th Internatiional Conference on Buddhism and Australia, Perth, Australia: The Indo-Tibetan Mandala as research framework and philosophy in Tibetan Buddhist Studies
Translation and exposition of the Tibetan Buddhist Treasure text Self-liberation upon hearing: A guide to the joyful land known as the Pemako The Tibet Journal of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. (In submission)
The environmental status of the Tibetan Buddhist hidden land known as the Pemako (In preparation for Zygon)
Buddhist studies and research methodology: The Indo-Tibetan maṇḍala as framework, design and philosophy (In preparation for The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies)
The Tibet Post International: Preservation of the hidden land known as the Pemako - does it matter?
The Buddhist Channel: Monks in Action - practice of the six paramitas in the wake of the Gurkha earthquake
Secular Buddhist Association: Book review - A new Buddhist path: Enlightenment, evolution and ethics in the modern world by David R. Loy